The day he was arrested felt like the end of the world. But looking back years later, Eric Beeson, Counseling@Northwestern faculty member and researcher, considers it to be one of the best days of his life. It was the moment that everything changed.
Although conversion therapy has been denounced by leading mental health organizations, the harmful practice is still legal in the majority of the United States. Counselors can help LGBTQ clients heal from the harm caused by conversion therapy. Rebuilding trust between clients and the counseling profession is often an important first step.
As younger generations feel less stigmatized about discussing and addressing mental health concerns in the workplace, employers will need to prioritize creating working environments that accommodate and support their employees’ mental health needs. Only about half of employed adults today believe that employers provide adequate resources to help address mental health concerns.
Counselors help people by providing tools they can use throughout their lives when things get tough. From coping strategies with emotional struggles to decision-making and goal-setting around important developmental life events, there are a number of ways counselors can provide support. Here are 15 ways counselors can help clients.